Judiciary Marks Its National Day of Prayer and Fasting

“We are already seeing the flowering of our institution-building initiatives and the interventions that we are championing to widen the doors of justice and effectively tackle the problem of backlog and delay in the resolution of cases”-Chief Justice Martha Koome

By Collins Wanzala

The judiciary marked its national day of prayer and fasting last week where a call for fairness in the dispensation of justice was made by various speakers who spoke at the event.

The event was also used to commemorate one year since Chief Justice Martha Koome assumed office and she used it to enumerate achievements gained in the judiciary since taking over AS CJ. In her speech, Koome called on courts and tribunals to embrace a responsive role in responding promptly to the ordinary citizen`s quest for justice. She said this can be done by the courts finding solution to citizens’ claims of injustice.

Chief Justice Martha Koome

“Access to justice should be easy and cheap enough to be afforded by even resource-poor individuals or groups to bring their grievances to courts or tribunals,” said Koome. She added that any person especially the marginalised and vulnerable in society expects that the doors of our courts and tribunal will be opened and remain so when they seek a solution to their grievances and protection of the law.

The CJ added that in the past year the judiciary has embarked on the process of ensuring that the doors of the judiciary (courts) are accessible to everyone. “We are already seeing the flowering of our institution-building initiatives and the interventions that we are championing to widen the doors of justice and effectively tackle the problem of backlog and delay in the resolution of cases,” added Koome.

The Chief Justice said that the safety in the courts has been boosted by the establishment of a judiciary police unit that consists of 3 000 police officers

She continued to say that courts are now safe to anyone attending including litigants, witnesses, judges, judicial officers and judiciary staff. Koome said that the safety in the courts has been boosted by the establishment of a judiciary police unit that consists of 3 000 police officers.

The Chief Justice too said that the judiciary has acquired 55 acres of land which will be used to build a Kenya judiciary academy. She said that the judiciary has partnered with Huduma Kenya to ensure that people can get assisted to access online judicial services cost-effectively. Koome said this will be achieved by having judiciary service desks in 52 Huduma Centres across the country. The judiciary boss at the same time thanked the government for increasing the allocation of budget to the judiciary by Sh1 Billion from Sh17.9 Billion to Sh18.9 Billion and said that she`s optimistic that the allocation will be more for the judiciary to meet its enormous task.

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